Revolving doors are nothing new. They have been a common feature of hotels and shopping malls for a long time. They are a convenient option for buildings that see a lot of footfall – including train stations, stadiums, workplaces, concert halls and other similar venues. They let lots of people use the door at the same time, reducing congestion, and they are energy efficient too.
Glass revolving doors work in a way which ensures that there is no unobstructed air flow from the cold outside to the warmer inside. Conventionally hinged doors let drafts through every time the door is opened. Revolving doors break that link and reduce the amount that you need to spend on heating or air conditioning. Given the traditional cold Irish winters and, let’s face it, the frequently disappointing summers, revolving doors make sense.
Glass revolving doors typically have three or four ‘wings’ which rotate around a shaft. The wings turn automatically, usually using a proximity sensor to determine when they need to turn. They have rubber seals and/or draft excluders to seal the area and prevent drafts.
Safety and Glass Revolving Doors
The doors are made of glass, with large frames (usually metal), and this is an important design decision which promotes safety. The glass allows users to see how many people are going through the doors, and the multi-leaf design helps to break up the flow of traffic through the door, stopping crushes or stampedes. The doors have sensors, so they will stop if there is a crush/someone stuck in the door. This is a simple crowd control measure that is incredibly important in buildings that have a lot of users.
One thing that the average door user may be unaware of is that the doors can fold. This means that should there be an emergency that clogs up the doors, it is possible to create a large opening. You can also fold the doors for other uses – such as to allow a large piece of furniture through. The standard opening on a four-leaf door should be enough to allow a pushchair through, but some wheelchair users may struggle. Three leaf doors are more generous with their opening size, but having the option to retract the door is something that is invaluable for offering access to users with mobility issues.
The Aesthetics of Glass Revolving Doors
These doors can look stunning, and are something that could accentuate the look of even some of the most historic Irish buildings. They will add to a veranda, or put the finishing touches on an entrance porch quite nicely. This improves the curb appeal of the building and adds character to any architecture.
With historic buildings, it is always important to consider the impact of any change, addition or installation. Th good news is that a revolving door is something that can be installed relatively non-destructively, and that will provide a valuable addition.
Our doors are available in various finishes and offer a great choice. Whether your concerns are safety, energy efficiency, or crowd control, you can get a lot out of a modern glass door. There are even some nice side-benefits in that things such as counting footfall becomes easier when you have the natural ‘break’ in the traffic as the door rotates. In addition, the doors remove that tired old dilemma of whether or not to hold the door for the person coming behind you. It’s rotating anyway, so you can just keep going. No awkward pauses, and no guilt if you let the door go and the person arrives at the threshold just as it slams. With a revolving door, everyone wins.
Not every property has a big enough space to use a revolving door, but if yours does, then the benefits are clear. Your security staff will appreciate them, as will your patrons, and you will save energy in the long term thanks to the reduction in drafts. Bring your entrance to the 21st century with a revolving door.